Bass Player Derek Frank Joins Victoria Justice… Los Angeles bassist Derek Frank will be going on tour this Summer with singer Victoria Justice. Victoria currently stars in the hit Nickelodeon TV show “Victorious”, where she portrays an up-and-coming singer in a performing arts high school. Derek’s current position with Victoria began in May with a live performance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, and also included a one-time show in Orlando, FL with the entire cast of “Victorious”. Derek will be taking a break from his current touring gig as bassist for contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair (who is currently on tour singing backup and playing sax with Aerosmith).
The Victoria Justice tour begins August 2nd in Costa Mesa, CA, and will consist of 17 shows spread out around the USA until it’s conclusion on September 14th. At that time, Derek will resume his touring schedule with Mindi Abair, guitarist Jeff Golub, and singer David Pack (of the band Ambrosia), along with performances as a solo artist, clinics and substitute teaching at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, and maintaining his busy recording schedule in LA.
Derek has been active as a touring and studio bassist on the Los Angeles music scene for a number of years. In 2009, he released his debut solo album “Let the Games Begin…”, a collection of mostly-instrumental old-school funk, with of course, much focus on his bass playing. Since that release, he has been performing his music with his own band at Los Angeles clubs, and has also been sharing his music through his clinics at music-focused colleges.